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“Average hostel with no extras but sooooo HOT in the summer”

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Youth Hostel Rethymno
Ranked #12 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Rethymnon
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Austin,TX
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Average hostel with no extras but sooooo HOT in the summer”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Pros the manager Sasha is a sweet guy who is very helpful and the hostel was easy enough to meet ppl if you make the effort, it just as usual depends on the group too. The showers were spacious and i didnt have much of a prob with warm water(avoid the handheld ones and go into the main bathroom for the bigger ones with better water pressure) there's a huge supermarket across from the bus station hit that up before walking to the hostel

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The rooms are cramped! the walls are soo thin you can clearly here wrappers being thrown away, the uncomfortable bunks don't have latters, NO A/C means in July it's really really hot unless you sleep on the roof, the bathrooms are located in a separate building from the rooms so if you get up like me to go early in the morning it's a bit if a pain.
All in all the facilities are mostly average (for a hostel) and the manager is a Nice guy. If you're on a very tight budget in Crete it's one of 2hostels to choose from. I wouldn't recommend rethymnon for more than 3 nts tops(if u don't have a car) the town is skip-able and the old town just a bunch of tourists shops, nothing special.

Room Tip: maybe get a bunk outside on the roof in the summer months to get some air!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This hostel is truly one of a kind. There is a true sense of community between the staff and travelers like I've never experienced before. Everyone gets to know one another and there is a great patio and common area for socializing. The staff is extremely hospitable and helpful and one night some of the guets and staff organized a big group dinner. Everyone chipped in to help cook and gave a few euros and then sat on the big deck eating and talking as night fell over Rethymno. Location is excellent also. Rethymno is a charming town with lots to see and do and is excellent to simply wander around. Hostel is 10 minute walk from main bus terminal. Love the solar heated showers and clean, pine wood dorms.

Room Tip: If you feel like sleeping outside, there is a wonderful outdoor deck with bunks! You're pretty m...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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wales
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

The hostel is one of the most friendly and relaxed place I have ever stayed. The people you meet there make you feel very welcome. Also, the manager, Sasha, is a top man! He does everything to make your stay an excellent experience. If you are ever traveling in Crete, it is a must to stay in this hostel. Sleep in a bed on the rooftop - brilliant! I, for one, will be going back there very soon
Glenn

Room Tip: A rooftop bed!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Corfu, Greece
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I've stayed in Youth Hostel for about 8 days in May'13 and have to admit it was my best "hostel" experience ever. Rooms are big and perfectly clean, the location is just perfect- very close to all main places in Rethymno and Sasha was extremely friendly, open and always ready to help. And his breakfasts and lunches were just amazing! Atmosphere in the hostel is also very friendly, you'll definately meet great people there and spend some fantastic evenings together!!!
Anna

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Eddington, Maine
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

I stayed there in June of '12. Loved the atmosphere so much that I didn't even bother to island hop as I had planned. Great central Crete location, super cheap. I have read some of the other reviews on here and in particular the one about Sasha - couldn't have had a more different experience. He was friendly, outgoing and dedicated to his job. He did have drinks with us occasionally but was never out of control. Out of the many places I stayed as I traveled around Europe last summer this was one of, if not the, best of them. Read the rest of the reviews and you will get a great sense of what this place is really like. Small pointers - Gyros just down the road can't be beat and make time to hit some of the clubs at night in the old port. Cars are easy to rent and cheap and give you access to a ton of things on the island for a day trip. Seriously want to go back and stay longer!

Room Tip: I didn't, but should have slept out under the stars on the second floor. I will next time.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

we book for 2 night but we changed our mind spending just one night at the end. We didn´t get our money back but the guy told us we could come back here during our trip around Crete and don´t pay for that night. We didn´t come but at least we had that chance. Cheap place to stay if you go to Rethymo for one day. Close to the center many restaurants.

If you go to Rethymo you can`t miss Kyria Maria and have rabbit. One of the best things we had during two weeks in Crete. 100% recommend. just go and try is even cheap. nice terrace just in the street.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Banff, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2012

I'm only relatively new to reviews so unfortunately this is quite belated.
I stayed at the Rethymno Youth Hostel in September 2010 for approximately 1 week.
This is by far one of my favorite hostels from all my travels.
Beautiful bougainvillia falls in cascades of hot pink flowers over the walls. Ivan who was the manager at the time was an absolute pleasure to deal with in all aspects. Friendly, professional, informative... the works.
It wasn't too busy when I was there, so I even got a night on one of the rooftop beds when it was quite a hot night which was lovely.
I highly recommend this place if Ivan is still there although based on more recent reviews it appears he has moved on :(

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Youth Hostel Rethymno
Address: 41 Tobazi, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
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Ranked #12 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Rethymnon
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Number of rooms: 15
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